Bureau of Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade [TTB] Law and Legal Definition

Bureau of Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade or TTB is a division of the U.S. Government Department of the Treasury. Originally, TTB was created in the year 1972, and until January, 2003, this agency was called the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF). The functions and responsibilities of TTB include:

1. to approve designs, terms, and language of wine labels and packaging and the advertising and merchandising of wine;

2. to approve or deny federal basic permits to start a new winery;

3. to monitor records and track production techniques, volume, and logistics and collect alcohol taxes; and

4. to approve or reject applications for American Viticultural Areas.

It was in the year 2002, when the Homeland Security Act of 2002 separated weapons and crime from the functions of regulation and taxation that the name Bureau of Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade was designated to BATF. As a result, the responsibility for the regulation of firearms and explosives was transferred to the Justice Department. Later TTB's Field Operations were organized into five divisions namely, National Revenue Center, Risk Management, Tax Audit, Trade Investigations, and Tobacco Enforcement Division.